This lively selection brings together journalist and broadcaster Libby Purves’ experiences as journalist, parent, governor and former pupil of half a dozen assorted schools from Bangkok to Tunbridge Wells, displaying her eclectic and provocative opinions and ideas on teaching and learning. This collection of the best of her writing in the Times Educational Supplement covers - sometimes thoughtfully, sometimes mockingly - everything from national policy to the eccentricities of headteachers and the limitations of IT.
Education professionals over the years have received her outsider view with enthusiasm, laughter, inspiration and occasional fury. From ministerial madness to the pitfalls of uniform and the vagaries of teenagers, this book is dedicated to the amusement of a cadre of professionals Libby once planned to join, until she lost her nerve. It is dedicated, with thanks and admiration, to all teachers.
1. Apple for the Teacher, Bananas for the Head 2. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy 3. Curriculum, Curricula… 4. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano 5. Mixed Media 6. Ministerial Madness 7. Inspiration 8. Strut and Fret 9. Careers Advice - What’s it all for? 10. Times of Transition 11. University Blues 12. The Wilder Shores